New appointment

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has appointed Prof Marzuki Khalid as its new deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation.

Prof Marzuki was appointed to a three-year term beginning Jan 16 and replaces present UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang who was promoted to his new position in Oct 1 last year.

Prof Zaini said that a selection committee recommended Prof Marzuki as he was highly experienced in the research and innovation field.

“With his vast knowledge in artificial intelligence and engineering, we hope that he will make UTM the best research university in the region,” he said.

Prof Marzuki was the Malaysia-Japan University Centre director and also UTM Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics director.

In 1994, he was awarded the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Young Engineer Award for outstanding research and consultancy achievements.

He has also been appointed to sit in the technical advisory committees of more that 40 international conferences around the world.

Prof Marzuki is also the co-author of a book entitled Neuro-Control and its Control, which was published by UK-based Springer-Verlag.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference held at UTM’s campus in Skudai, Johor, Prof Marzuki described his appointment as a big responsibility.

“My first duty is to improve UTM’s rankings which currently stands at 353 and to instil a sense of responsibility in our staff.

“UTM will re-structure and re-brand itself as a research university and lecturers will not only have to teach but conduct research as well.

“They will be judged based on Key Performance Indicators (KPI) with 70% of the marks derived from their research activities and another 30% from teaching,” he added. — MOHD FARHAAN SHAH

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